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May 1/14 20:12 pm - Tour de Romandie: Stage 2 report and results

Posted by Editoress on 05/1/14

ORICA-GreenEDGE’s Michael Albasini made it two for two at the Tour de Romandie, taking out the second road stage of his home country tour. A nearly 70-strong bunch contested the sprint in Montreux where Albasini beat out Tony Hurel (Europcar) and Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek Factory Racing) to the line. With the stage two win came ten bonus seconds and the yellow overall leader’s jersey.

“My teammates put me under pressure today,” said Albasini with a laugh. “I was not feeling great today. I had the race from yesterday in my legs. When we started riding on the front, I knew I had to deliver something because they did a really big effort. I’m happy to win after the work they did today.”

“The yellow jersey is a very, very pleasant bonus,” said Sport Director Neil Stephens. “It’s exciting for Switzerland to have someone as popular as Michael Albasini deliver two victories and the yellow jersey, ending a dry spell for Swiss riders in this race. We weren’t riding for the jersey. We were riding for the stage win, but the results Michael achieved have given him the jersey. It’s a very welcome surprise.”

After his brilliant victory yesterday, Albasini was the protected rider for the Australian outfit on stage two. Stephens expected a reduced bunch to contest the finish and was confident the stage one winner would be in the mix at the finish.

“The plan right from the start was to support Michael,” said Stephens. “Before the race began on Tuesday, we always knew we would go for Michael on today’s stage. We thought there was a very good chance that he would win it – especially after we saw how he went yesterday.”

“The bunch was bigger than we had hoped coming into the finish, but Michael is a fighter,” Stephens added. “He’s very dedicated to his teammates. He saw the effort that they gave for him, and he wasn’t going to go down without a fight. He took out the finish today in large part thanks to their work.”

“Maybe it was a smart move to put me under pressure,” said Albasini. “I had to do something with the way they rode. I’m really thankful for the work they did.”

Martin Kohler (BMC) and Pirmin Lang (IAM) animated the early action. The duo broke away from the bunch shortly after the stage start in Sion. In the opening hour, the leaders built up a maximum advantage of more than 13 minutes.

“We were in a tricky position with the breakaway,” explained Stephens. “Neither of the guys were a danger for the general classification, so Quick-Step was quite happy to let them ride away. This left us in a difficult situation where our big powerful guys – Michael Hepburn, Svein Tuft and Brett Lancaster – would have to chase but first they had to get over the first of the two third category climbs in today’s stage.”

“They got over the first climb, and then we really laid it down,” added Stephens. “They made a huge effort between the two categorised climbs in a 40 kilometre period. They did a fantastic job to get the gap down to five minutes in a very short time. Not many people in the world could do that the way they did. It’s actually really good training for those three for the Giro.”

As the breakaway’s advantage continued to fall, a handful other teams committed to the chase. Belkin and Omega Pharma – Quick-Step sent riders to the front. Thirty kilometres from the finish, the peloton had crested the uncategorized climb that came quick on the heels of the second category three mountain, and the breakaway’s advantage had fallen below the two minute mark.

“We had the four guys that we would expect to be there at the end make it over the final climb,” explained Stephens. “Hepburn, Lancaster and Mouris went out the back after they had done their job. That left us with Nino Schurter, who is racing his first WorldTour event, Christian Meier, Cameron Meyer and Michael. Luckily other teams had started to commit to the chase by that point. With other teams working, we could use Christian to look after Cam and Michael.”

The peloton continued to chase on the downhill run-in to the finish, overtaking Kohler and Lang inside the final three kilometres. Light rain and one short steep kick before the final plunge toward the line made for a technical finale. Overnight race leader Michal Kwiatkowski was the first to accelerate to the line, but there was no stopping Albasini once he opened his sprint.

“When you’re not feeling good, you never know how the sprint is going to work out,” said Albasini. “I started moving up really late. I left it until three or four kilometres to go. I watched out for some quick wheels, and I was lucky to choose the right one. I stayed on the wheel up to 100 metres when I could go just on the right side. I was quite fresh because I wasn’t catching any wind. It was perfect for me. I was surprised to win such a big bunch sprint

While Albasini will wear the yellow jersey during the queen stage of the Tour de Romandie, the team’s efforts will focus on Meyer. The Australian is better equipped to contend with the four first category climbs in the mountains behind Aigle.

“The stage is something nobody can take away,” said Albasini. “It’s a bit different with the yellow jersey, but once you have it, you’re never going to give it away for free. I’m going to fight tomorrow and try to stay there as long as possible.”

“It’s a very demanding stage tomorrow,” added Stephens. “It will be a hard day for all the riders. We’re very happy to have the yellow jersey but we’re realistic about Michael’s chances of keeping it.”

“Unless something happens where there is a drastic change to the race route, which is the way he won the overall in Catalunya two years ago, Michael doesn’t have much of a chance to win the Tour of Romandie,” Stephens explained. “He won’t go down without a fight, but it’s unrealistic to think he’s going to get over the big mountains with the best guys in the world. Our best chance for a good result tomorrow is in Cameron Meyer, and we’ll focus on him.”

ORICA-GreenEDGE press release


Stage 2: Sion to Montreaux, 165 km
1 Michael Albasini (Orica GreenEDGE) 4:12:22
2 Tony Hurel (Team Europcar)
3 Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek Factory Racing)
4 Alexei Tsatevich (Katusha)
5 Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team)
6 Maxim Iglinskiy (Astana Pro Team)
7 Tosh van der Sande (Lotto Belisol)
8 Ramunas Navardauskas (Garmin-Sharp)
9 Danilo Wyss (BMC Racing Team)
10 Christopher Froome (Team Sky)
11 Mathias Frank (IAM Cycling)
12 Moreno Hofland (Belkin-Pro Cycling Team)
13 Luka Mezgec (Team Giant-Shimano)
14 Rohan Dennis (Garmin-Sharp)
15 Roberto Ferrari (Lampre-Merida)
16 Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Sharp)
17 Bjorn Thurau (Team Europcar)
18 Nino Schurter (Orica GreenEDGE)
19 André Cardoso (Garmin-Sharp)
20 Paolo Longo Borghini (Cannondale)
21 Jon Izaguirre (Movistar Team)
22 Pawel Poljanski (Tinkoff-Saxo)
23 Jan Bakelants (Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team)
24 Oscar Gatto (Cannondale)
25 Jesus Herrada Lopez (Movistar Team)
26 Marcel Wyss (IAM Cycling)
27 Yury Trofimov (Katusha)
28 Jakob Fuglsang (Astana Pro Team)
29 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team)
30 Mikael Chérel (AG2R La Mondiale)
31 Edward Beltran Beltran Suarez (Tinkoff-Saxo)
32 Sergei Chernetckii (Katusha)
33 Alberto Costa Rui (Lampre-Merida)
34 Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team)
35 Vincenzo Nibali (Astana Pro Team)
36 Rafal Majka (Tinkoff-Saxo)
37 Jean Christophe Peraud (AG2R La Mondiale)
38 Reto Hollenstein (IAM Cycling)
39 Maxime Monfort (Lotto Belisol)
40 Beñat Intxausti (Movistar Team)
41 Dennis Vanendert (Lotto Belisol)
42 Anthony Roux (
43 Simon Spilak (Katusha)
44 Maxime Bouet (AG2R La Mondiale)
45 Julien Vermote (Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team)
46 Georg Preidler (Team Giant-Shimano)
47 Guillaume Bonnafond (AG2R La Mondiale)
48 Egor Silin (Katusha)
49 Sébastien Reichenbach (IAM Cycling)
50 Nicolas Roches (Tinkoff-Saxo)
51 Matthias Brandle (IAM Cycling)
52 Jonathan Fumeaux (IAM Cycling)
53 Nicolas Castroviejo (Movistar Team)
54 Albert Timmer (Team Giant-Shimano)
55 Stef Clement (Belkin-Pro Cycling Team)
56 Gianluca Brambilla (Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team)
57 Davide Malacarne (Team Europcar)
58 Dominik Nerz (BMC Racing Team)
59 Thibaut Pinot (
60 Paul Martens (Belkin-Pro Cycling Team)
61 Thierry Hupond (Team Giant-Shimano)
62 Martijn Keizer (Belkin-Pro Cycling Team)
63 Jonathan Hivert (Belkin-Pro Cycling Team)
64 Winner Anacona Gomez (Lampre-Merida) all s.t.
65 Cameron Meyer (Orica GreenEDGE) 0:08
66 Christian Meier (Orica GreenEDGE)
67 Laurens Ten Dam (Belkin-Pro Cycling Team)
68 Alexis Vuillermoz (AG2R La Mondiale)
69 Damiano Caruso (Cannondale)
70 Caleb Fairly (Garmin-Sharp)
71 Sander Armee (Lotto Belisol)
72 Sean De Bie (Lotto Belisol)
73 Tobias Ludvigsson (Team Giant-Shimano)
74 Andriy Grivko (Astana Pro Team)
75 Darwin Atapuma (BMC Racing Team)
76 Pavel Brutt (Katusha)
77 Francis Mourey (
78 Manuele Mori (Lampre-Merida)
79 Moreno Moser (Cannondale)
80 Riccardo Zoidl (Trek Factory Racing)
81 Thomas De Gendt (Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team)
82 Alexandre Geniez (
83 Jay Mccarthy (Tinkoff-Saxo)
84 Kenny Elissonde (
85 Sylwester Szmyd (Movistar Team)
86 Tanel Kangert (Astana Pro Team)
87 Johann Tschopp (IAM Cycling)
88 Ivan Basso (Cannondale)
89 Fredrik Kessiakoff (Astana Pro Team)
90 Thomas Voeckler (Team Europcar)
91 Maxime Mederel (Team Europcar) all s.t.
92 Jack Bobridge (Belkin-Pro Cycling Team) 0:21
93 Jesse Sergent (Trek Factory Racing)
94 Jérémy Roy (
95 Tom Danielson (Garmin-Sharp)
96 David Lopez Garcia (Team Sky)
97 Xabier Zandio Echaide (Team Sky)
98 Evgeny Petrov (Tinkoff-Saxo)
99 Romain Guillemois (Team Europcar)
100 José Sarmiento (Cannondale)
101 Jean Marc Marino (Cannondale)
102 Mikel Nieve Iturralde (Team Sky) all s.t.
103 Nelson Oliveira (Lampre-Merida) 0:42
104 Rafael Valls Ferri (Lampre-Merida)
105 Elia Favilli (Lampre-Merida) both s.t.
106 Tejay Van Garderen (BMC Racing Team) 0:54
107 Pirmin Lang (IAM Cycling) 1:06
108 Martin Kohler (BMC Racing Team)
109 Oliver Zaugg (Tinkoff-Saxo)
110 Cédric Pineau ( all s.t.
111 Axel Domont (AG2R La Mondiale) 1:30
112 Lieuwe Westra (Astana Pro Team) 3:35
113 Christophe Juul Jensen (Tinkoff-Saxo) s.t.
114 Peter Velits (BMC Racing Team) 3:40
115 Davide Appollonio (AG2R La Mondiale) 5:37
116 Silvan Dillier (BMC Racing Team)
117 Dmitriy Kozonchuk (Katusha)
118 Danilo Hondo (Trek Factory Racing)
119 Jens Voigt (Trek Factory Racing)
120 Koldo Fernandez De Larrea (Garmin-Sharp)
121 Danny Van Poppel (Trek Factory Racing) all s.t.
122 Luke Rowe (Team Sky) 8:37
123 Christopher Sutton (Team Sky)
124 Svein Tuft (Orica GreenEDGE)
125 Brett Lancaster (Orica GreenEDGE)
126 Nathan Earle (Team Sky)
127 Richie Porte (Team Sky)
128 Eugenio Alafaci (Trek Factory Racing)
129 Calvin Watson (Trek Factory Racing)
130 Lawrence Warbasse (BMC Racing Team)
131 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Movistar Team)
132 Juan José Lobato Del Valle (Movistar Team)
133 Serge Pauwels (Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team)
134 Marcel Kittel (Team Giant-Shimano)
135 Gang Xu (Lampre-Merida)
136 Tom Stamsnijder (Team Giant-Shimano)
137 Damien Gaudin (AG2R La Mondiale)
138 Cyril Gautier (Team Europcar)
139 Christophe Kern (Team Europcar) all s.t.
140 Mikhail Ignatyev (Katusha) 14:27
141 Michael Hepburn (Orica GreenEDGE)
142 Kenny Dehaes (Lotto Belisol)
143 Giovanni Visconti (Movistar Team)
144 Tom Veelers (Team Giant-Shimano)
145 Boris Vallee (Lotto Belisol)
146 Pierre-Henri Lecuisinier ( all s.t.
147 Lachlan David Morton (Garmin-Sharp) 14:32
DNF Lars Petter Nordhaug (Belkin-Pro Cycling Team)
DNS Matej Mohoric (Cannondale)
DNS Bart De Clercq (Lotto Belisol)
1 Michael Albasini (Orica GreenEDGE) 6:29:50
2 Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team) at 0:05
3 Ramunas Navardauskas (Garmin-Sharp) 0:10
4 Jesus Herrada Lopez (Movistar Team) 0:11
5 Matthias Brandle (IAM Cycling) 0:12
6 Rohan Dennis (Garmin-Sharp) 0:13
7 Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team) 0:14
8 Martijn Keizer (Belkin-Pro Cycling Team) 0:18
9 Christopher Froome (Team Sky)
10 Jon Izaguirre (Movistar Team) both s.t.
11 Alberto Costa Rui (Lampre-Merida) 0:21
12 Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Sharp)
13 Georg Preidler (Team Giant-Shimano)
14 Vincenzo Nibali (Astana Pro Team) all s.t.
15 Simon Spilak (Katusha) 0:22
16 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team) 0:23
17 Sergei Chernetckii (Katusha) s.t.
18 Nicolas Castroviejo (Movistar Team) 0:24
19 Stef Clement (Belkin-Pro Cycling Team) s.t.
20 Mathias Frank (IAM Cycling) 0:25
21 Alexandre Geniez ( 0:26
22 Maxime Monfort (Lotto Belisol) 0:27
23 Thibaut Pinot ( 0:28
24 Maxim Iglinskiy (Astana Pro Team)
25 Yury Trofimov (Katusha)
26 Beñat Intxausti (Movistar Team)
27 Cameron Meyer (Orica GreenEDGE) all s.t.
28 Nicolas Roches (Tinkoff-Saxo) 0:29
29 Jakob Fuglsang (Astana Pro Team) s.t.
30 Rafal Majka (Tinkoff-Saxo) 0:30
31 Jonathan Hivert (Belkin-Pro Cycling Team) s.t.
32 Moreno Moser (Cannondale) 0:31
33 Jean Christophe Peraud (AG2R La Mondiale) s.t.
34 Egor Silin (Katusha) 0:34
35 Tanel Kangert (Astana Pro Team) 0:35
36 Maxime Bouet (AG2R La Mondiale) 0:36
37 Thomas Voeckler (Team Europcar) s.t.
38 Riccardo Zoidl (Trek Factory Racing) 0:37
39 Andriy Grivko (Astana Pro Team) s.t.
40 Damiano Caruso (Cannondale) 0:38
41 Bjorn Thurau (Team Europcar)
42 Ivan Basso (Cannondale) both s.t.
43 Thomas De Gendt (Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team) 0:40
44 Francis Mourey ( 0:41
45 Pawel Poljanski (Tinkoff-Saxo)
46 Laurens Ten Dam (Belkin-Pro Cycling Team) both s.t.
47 Sébastien Reichenbach (IAM Cycling) 0:42
48 Jonathan Fumeaux (IAM Cycling) 0:43
49 Alexis Vuillermoz (AG2R La Mondiale) 0:45
50 Johann Tschopp (IAM Cycling) 0:48
51 Kenny Elissonde ( 0:49
52 Maxime Mederel (Team Europcar) 0:50
53 André Cardoso (Garmin-Sharp) 0:56
54 Mikael Chérel (AG2R La Mondiale) 0:58
55 Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek Factory Racing) 1:02
56 Darwin Atapuma (BMC Racing Team) 1:03
57 Anthony Roux ( 1:15
58 Reto Hollenstein (IAM Cycling) 1:16
59 Marcel Wyss (IAM Cycling) 1:17
60 Moreno Hofland (Belkin-Pro Cycling Team) 1:18
61 Tony Hurel (Team Europcar) 1:19
62 Albert Timmer (Team Giant-Shimano) 1:22
63 Paul Martens (Belkin-Pro Cycling Team) 1:24
64 Dominik Nerz (BMC Racing Team)
65 Nino Schurter (Orica GreenEDGE) both s.t.
66 Luka Mezgec (Team Giant-Shimano) 1:27
67 Jan Bakelants (Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team) s.t.
68 Tosh Van Der Sande (Lotto Belisol) 1:28
69 Alexei Tsatevich (Katusha) s.t.
70 Davide Malacarne (Team Europcar) 1:30
71 Jesse Sergent (Trek Factory Racing) 1:31
72 Tom Danielson (Garmin-Sharp) 1:32
73 Gianluca Brambilla (Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team) s.t.
74 Winner Anacona Gomez (Lampre-Merida) 1:33
75 Fredrik Kessiakoff (Astana Pro Team) 1:38
76 Jérémy Roy ( 1:40
77 Sylwester Szmyd (Movistar Team) 1:41
78 Christian Meier (Orica GreenEDGE) 1:43
79 Sander Armee (Lotto Belisol) s.t.
80 Jack Bobridge (Belkin-Pro Cycling Team) 1:45
81 Caleb Fairly (Garmin-Sharp) s.t.
82 Edward Beltran Beltran Suarez (Tinkoff-Saxo) 1:46
83 David Lopez Garcia (Team Sky) 1:52
84 Evgeny Petrov (Tinkoff-Saxo) 1:59
85 Jean Marc Marino (Cannondale) 2:02
86 Elia Favilli (Lampre-Merida) 2:10
87 Rafael Valls Ferri (Lampre-Merida) 2:12
88 Paolo Longo Borghini (Cannondale) 3:17
89 Oscar Gatto (Cannondale) 3:26
90 Thierry Hupond (Team Giant-Shimano) 4:56
91 Peter Velits (BMC Racing Team) 5:04
92 Dennis Vanendert (Lotto Belisol) 5:15
93 Dmitriy Kozonchuk (Katusha) 7:10
94 Koldo Fernandez De Larrea (Garmin-Sharp) 7:16
95 Davide Appollonio (AG2R La Mondiale) 7:18
96 Cédric Pineau ( 7:47
97 Julien Vermote (Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team) 8:10
98 Tobias Ludvigsson (Team Giant-Shimano) 8:19
99 Pavel Brutt (Katusha) 8:20
100 Danilo Wyss (BMC Racing Team) 8:24
101 Guillaume Bonnafond (AG2R La Mondiale) 8:35
102 Manuele Mori (Lampre-Merida) 8:39
103 Romain Guillemois (Team Europcar) 8:40
104 Silvan Dillier (BMC Racing Team) 8:52
105 Danilo Hondo (Trek Factory Racing) 8:53
106 Mikel Nieve Iturralde (Team Sky) 8:54
107 Nelson Oliveira (Lampre-Merida) 8:55
108 Pirmin Lang (IAM Cycling) 9:29
109 Martin Kohler (BMC Racing Team) 9:34
110 Oliver Zaugg (Tinkoff-Saxo) 9:44
111 Lieuwe Westra (Astana Pro Team) 9:53
112 Richie Porte (Team Sky) 10:02
113 Axel Domont (AG2R La Mondiale) 10:10
114 Jens Voigt (Trek Factory Racing) 10:40
115 Sean De Bie (Lotto Belisol) 10:43
116 Roberto Ferrari (Lampre-Merida) 10:49
117 Jay Mccarthy (Tinkoff-Saxo) 10:51
118 Xabier Zandio Echaide (Team Sky) 11:03
119 José Sarmiento (Cannondale) 11:33
120 Christophe Juul Jensen (Tinkoff-Saxo) 11:54
121 Lawrence Warbasse (BMC Racing Team) 11:57
122 Tejay Van Garderen (BMC Racing Team) 12:11
123 Juan José Lobato Del Valle (Movistar Team) 13:43
124 Christophe Kern (Team Europcar) 14:02
125 Danny Van Poppel (Trek Factory Racing) 16:06
126 Marcel Kittel (Team Giant-Shimano) 16:37
127 Brett Lancaster (Orica GreenEDGE) 16:39
128 Svein Tuft (Orica GreenEDGE) 16:48
129 Calvin Watson (Trek Factory Racing) 17:03
130 Tom Stamsnijder (Team Giant-Shimano) 17:05
131 Cyril Gautier (Team Europcar) s.t.
132 Gang Xu (Lampre-Merida) 17:10
133 Damien Gaudin (AG2R La Mondiale) 19:10
134 Luke Rowe (Team Sky) 19:24
135 Nathan Earle (Team Sky) 19:27
136 Serge Pauwels (Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team) 19:30
137 Eugenio Alafaci (Trek Factory Racing) 19:31
138 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Movistar Team) 19:35
139 Christopher Sutton (Team Sky) 19:48
140 Boris Vallee (Lotto Belisol) 22:41
141 Michael Hepburn (Orica GreenEDGE) 25:02
142 Tom Veelers (Team Giant-Shimano) 25:08
143 Mikhail Ignatyev (Katusha) 25:30
144 Pierre-Henri Lecuisinier ( 25:30
145 Giovanni Visconti (Movistar Team) 25:47
146 Kenny Dehaes (Lotto Belisol) 25:51
147 Lachlan David Morton (Garmin-Sharp) 25:59


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